A character drama that feels like a documentary. Shot on location in a casual style with musical interludes, it's a great look at a dysfunctional family. The complex and fraught relationship between the siblings and parents is at the core of the film which reveals important information as it goes on. There are fantastic moments between the actors and Declan Quinn's camera captures them well as Jonathan Demme's direction sets everything up to effectively tell the story with Jenny Lumet's screenplay.
Visually stunning with a 50s sensibility and pitch perfect performances, direction, and writing that make the film feel like it was made in the 50s. Assured and confident, it creates an immersive world surrounding memorable characters and allows us to spend time with them. Superb filmmaking that shows what is possible with skill and confidence.
It Follows take a similar approach to David Robert Mitchell's earlier The Myth of the American Sleepover in creating a film that is generally set in the 80s without ever explicitly stating it and reworking teen drama. With It Follows it is almost like Kubrick directed a teen horror film in the 80s. There are visual echoes of The Shining and the score is a full 80s synth feeling. Overall this forms a neat dissonance with the distinctly controlled framing…